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How to Plan for Family Room Additions

The soaring real estate prices mean that many of us have to live in homes that soon become too small for our needs. The problem of insufficient space is more commonly faced by large families. This becomes even more obvious as children take longer and longer to leave their family home and branch out on their own.

Lack of adequate space can lead to various interpersonal as well as functional problems. Some families can pull off living on top of one another, but more other than not it becomes a breeding ground for tension. A smart solution to overcome these issues is to opt for a family room addition.

Family room additions have become popular because they are one of the easiest ways to add extra functional space to your home. Room additions are especially beneficial for larger families, families where children are growing into adults, or families that have older relatives moving back in. They help you increase the space according to your changing requirements.

Apart from creating additional space for your family, room additions add to the value of your home, which comes into play if you need a home equity loan or choose to sell in the future.

Tips on Planning Family Room Additions

Here are few tips that will help you in planning for your family room additions:

Local Planning Authority

The first step is to check with the concerned planning authority about whether it allows changes to the property’s floor plan. Get your plan approved and make sure you on your contractors can secure all of the necessary work permits before proceeding with construction work.

Building Codes and Regulations

Get to know the building codes in your area by visiting the local building department. In the case you construct an addition against the local codes, the structure can be easily torn down by the authorities. At the very least, they could fine you until you end up tearing it down on your own.

Also, as mentioned before, it is important to apply for a permit to construct the structure. An unauthorized structure can make it difficult for you to sell the home in the future. And, if you live in an area where you have an HOA, they could levy fines and a lean making it impossible to sell until settling outstanding issues with them.

Available Space

Another important step is to determine the space available between the edge of the existing foundation and the boundary of your property. Usually, building codes provide only a minimal gap between the structure and the boundary. For urban areas, the limit is only 6 feet. For larger properties in rural areas, the distance could be 30 feet or more.

In the case you need to bring in heavy equipment or heavy vehicles to your yard, make sure you leave enough space.

Also, the new family room should be placed at an optimum distance from the neighbors’ houses and the streets.


Finally, you should contact a reputable contractor and finalize the design of the room addition. A few things to consider before finalizing the designs are exit doors, windows, the heating and cooling system, and the electrical and plumbing systems. Also, consider the current interior and exterior. The addition should go well aesthetically with the existing building.

Wrap Up

If you have a growing family but don’t think you’ll have the funds to move into a bigger home, an option you have is to make your current home bigger. A great way to do that is to add an addition to you family room, or add an entirely new family room.

The extra living space can be a true blessing that allows your family the space it needs to co-exist in harmony.

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